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Retention

At Backus Orthodontics, we are committed to providing high quality Orthodontic Treatment to patients of all ages in Hoover and surrounding areas of Birmingham Alabama. Our treatment fees for Braces include two years of retention checks.

Your Final Orthodontic result will depend heavily on your retainer wear; please follow through on advised treatment plan to ensure you achieve full treatment results and to avoid regression of treatment.

Types of Retainers

There are different types of Retainers. Dr. Backus will help choose the best option to fit your needs and lifestyle.

Upper Bonded Retainer

Upper bonded retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of the upper front teeth to prevent your teeth from shifting. These retainers are attached permanently. You should use caution when chewing hard, sticky or crunchy foods as these could dislodge the retainer. It is important to brush and floss the retainer daily. You should perform daily checks to make sure the retainer is securely attached. If your retainer feels loose or becomes dislodged, call the office immediately for repair.

Maxillary Hawley

Maxillary hawley retainers are removable upper retainers. It is important to be careful when handling these as they are fragile and costly to replace. You will be given a special case when you receive your appliance; please use this case for safe keeping when not in use. However, your retainer should be worn at all times with the exception of brushing, participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After Several months of full-time wear, use will be evaluated at your retention visit. Your treatment may be revised to allow for night time use only. Please wear your retainer as prescribed to achieve full treatment results.

Cleaning of this appliance is as simple as brushing with toothpaste using warm water.

Lower Bonded Retainer

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower front 6 teeth to prevent your teeth from shifting. Patients with lower bonded retainers should use caution with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and will cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to maintain cleanliness. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. You should perform daily checks to make sure the retainer is securely attached. If your retainer feels loose or becomes dislodged, call the office immediately for repair.

Life After Braces

Once the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will receive retainers to stabilize the orthodontic correction. Because the bone and soft tissues surrounding the teeth are stabilizing for several months after braces are removed, it is imperative that the retainers are worn as instructed. Failure to wear the retainers may result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which could necessitate re-treatment.

Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we feel that individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers indefinitely. A patient should wear retainers as prescribed by our practice.

Retainers are made of a thermoplastic material that is sensitive to excessive heat, so they should be kept away from heaters, dishwashers, car dashboards or any place where the temperatures exceed 115 degrees(F). The retainers should be cleaned before and after placement in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces. Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mild liquid soap will remove the plaque. A denture cleaning solution, such as Efferdent, will aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. Be sure to rinse the retainers thoroughly after cleaning to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.

Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential in order to achieve this goal.

Tips to remember during the Retention Period

  • Don’t fold your retainer in your napkin or leave it on the table at a restaurant. Garbage cans don’t make happy hunting grounds.
  • Don’t put your retainer in your pocket. It could cause costly or irreversible damage to the appliance.
  • Take your retainer out when swimming, especially in large bodies of water.. If it falls out,  you may not be able to find it.
  • Keep your retainer away from Animals and Children.
  • To maintain your beautiful smile, please make sure your retainer is in your mouth at all times. Your retainer should only be out of your mouth when brushing or eating unless directed by Dr. Backus.
  • Your lower retainer may be a fixed retainer bonded onto your teeth. It is not considered permanent and can be broken or detached from your teeth, if you do not exercise caution.
  • Bring your retainers to your check-up appointments. If anything happens to your retainers (i.e. it doesn’t fit, it’s broken, or it’s lost) please call us ASAP. If your lower bonded retainer wire comes out, keep it and bring it in at your next appointment for rebonding.
  • The first set of retainers is included in your treatment fee. Any repair, replacement of your retainer, or rebonding of your lower retainer will be additional and charged to your account.
  • Keep things clean! Be sure to brush your teeth without your retainers in. Do not boil your retainer or put it in hot water. Brush your retainer with a toothbrush using toothpaste and hot water.

Complimentary First Visit

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We are always excited about meeting new patients during their first visit to our office. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important  visit will give us insight into your orthodontic needs.We feel it is important to analyze each patient’s specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction. We know your time is valuable, so to expedite treatment, we may also do diagnostic records on this visit. The records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan.

During this consultation visit we will discuss treatment options, time frames and financial arrangements. We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, what the treatment will consist of and how long it will take. Also, we will answer any additional questions.

During the initial examination for each patient, we will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. We encourage you to ask questions as well.

  • Is there a condition that orthodontics can address?
  • Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
  • What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem?
  • Do any permanent teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What are my payment options?
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